Trombonist J.J. Johnson was born this date in 1924 in Indianapolis. His virtuosity, pure sound and harmonic sophistication helped bring the trombone to the frontline in bebop. His best-known composition, recorded by many contemporary musicians, is "Lament
Saxophonist, arranger and composer Edgar Sampson was born this day in 1907 in New York City. While he played with the early Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Rex Stewart and Chick Webb bands, Sampson was one of the most widely heard but least celebrated
Trumpet player Mutt Carevy was born this day in 1892 in New Orleans. Sometimes known as the "Blues King of New Orleans, Carey was a longtime associate of Kid Ory, Johnny Dodds and Edmond Hall. He died in 1948.
SLP2002021703- 17 FEBRUARY 2002 - ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, USA: St. Louis firefighters salute the body of Dallas firefighter Vincent Davis on Feb. 17, 2002, as it passes after being brought to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, from Dallas, after Davis was killed in a six-alarm fire on Feb.11, 2002. Davis was brought back to St. Louis for burial in nearby Alton, Ill., his boyhood home. rlw/bg/Bill Greenblatt UPI
E. Vincent Davis is a Democratic member of the Mississippi Senate, representing the 36th District since 2008.
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